Fall Music Preview: From Kanye West and Kings of Leon to Taylor Swift and Elton John, A First Listen to 2010's Hottest Albums

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Zac Brown Band

You Get What You Give 9/21 The Zac Brown Band have hit upon a killer formula: a mix of mainstream country, easygoing pop and jam-band vibes. "We have five songs that are solid country, so we can get played at country radio," says Brown, who duets with Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett on the follow-up to their double-platinum debut, The Foundation. "On the others, we can stretch out and convert some jam people to country, and vice versa." One highlight: the mournful ballad "Colder Weather," which is "about the gypsy side of me that's out all night chasing the song," says Brown, "and the other half that wants to be with my family. It's trying to balance those two things."
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